Memorial Day 2020

Black and White American Quote Memorial Day Instagram

This weekend, our offices are closed and we are taking the weekend off to observe Memorial Day. We are grateful everyday for the sacrifices of our American military, both currently serving and those who have fallen.

 

Regular weekly posting schedule will resume on Wednesday. God Bless you all.

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Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To Lately

Hello, all. I hope everyone is well and staying safe. We are doing well, but due to our struggles with At-Home Learning, our posting schedule has been a little lighter than usual. Bear with us- we are slowly but surely returning to normal.

We’ve passed the time (since we can’t go anywhere) with projects, gardening, and a lot of family fun time (and a little bit of silliness too).

We have been working on making our backyard a space we can all enjoy and love. Recently, I redid a porch swing my grandfather built for me as a teenager. I’ve never had anywhere to hang it so it’s been in my mother’s basement for over a decade. I’m so excited about it!

The two little lumbers are missing their school friends, their church friends and their dance friends. We are doing online learning and a preschool homeschool curriculum, as well as online dance classes with their dance studio. We also watch a lot of online church services. We have just tried to make life as normal and as fun as possible right now to alleviate the uncertain and the anxiety we are currently dealing with. I hope when everything returns to normal they will look back on this time and remember the fun things we did and not the scary things we have experienced.

We have also uploaded some new content to our YouTube channel. It’s pretty silly but a lot of fun. You should really check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRtOszGc3Tk

We have so many cool things to share with you all next week. Keep in mind we are closed this weekend and will not post, due to the Memorial Day holiday. Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you Wednesday.

“Pin”spiration from around the WWW….lamppost Pinterest roundup

We have a blank slate front yard, but we have a small, circular flower garden beside our sidewalk. It’s cute, and it was made to feature a very pretty Japanese maple. Mr. Lumber and I have talked for years about adding a lamp post to the garden. We think it would totally change the whole look of our front yard.

Now, our great debate is whether or not we want a wired lamp post or a solar one. Today, I thought I’d share a Pinterest roundup of some of our favorite lamp post inspiration.

  1. Modern lamp post and small flower bed.

I love this small flower bed because it’s colorful, the flower bed is small and would fit nicely next to a drive way or sidewalk. The plants are low-maintenance plants, too.

2. Rock flower bed and portsmouth lamp post

I love the colors in this flower bed. I also love the rock edging and the brick sidewalk. All of the colors in the flowerbed are so pretty and they look great together.

3. Begonias and lamp post

This simple, round flower bed with only one type of plant is more simple, but just as pretty. I see this being more for a smaller front yard. It’s simplicity makes it prettier.

4. Lamp post with flower baskets

This lamp post has two hanging baskets with it. It would definitely take up a little more room, as it is a bigger lamp post, but it would definitely still be pretty and would add a lot of curb appeal to one’s house.

5. Lamp post with a climbing vine

I love all the different colors in this picture. The climbing vine is very pretty and it would be an easy way of covering a faded or dated lamp post. I just think this looks neat with the flowering vine.

Which lamp post and flower garden is your favorite? Comment below and let us know!

Scrap Wood Challenge: Finishing the Adirondack Chairs and Tables

This page is not a building plan, or even a tutorial. Think of it as more like an “update.” Remember these chairs?

And do you remember these tables?

Technically only two of our chairs are scrap wood builds, as we actually purchased the lumber to build the other two. The tables are scrap wood builds as well.

I always knew once these chairs and tables were finished, I wanted to paint them a bright color. Since we have a gray house with black shutters, I envisioned a bright red or a navy blue. But before I painted them, I filled in the holes with wood filler, sanded the chairs with 40 grit sandpaper and an orbital sander, and I put two coats of primer.

I learned something while painting these chairs: if you’re painting something that is raw wood and has never been painted or stained, you will need to use a good primer first. I applied two coats of primer to my chairs and tables prior to painting them. You also only need about 45 minutes drying time between both coats.

I let the two coats of primer dry for about 24 hours, and then I applied the red. I just love this color. It’s Benjamin Moore outdoor paint and it’s called “million dollar red.”

I ended up applying two coats to each piece of furniture, and allowing 24 hours drying time between the coats.

Our cute little firepit area is far from finished, but I can’t help but love the way these tables and chairs turned out. The coolest thing is about the whole area is that we built the furniture ourselves. I can’t wait to show you the finished patio. Stay tuned!

Shop Your House: Don’t buy new, repurpose instead

Have you ever had something in your house that you love, but due to its age, it doesn’t look as good as it used to? Or maybe it’s not something that doesn’t look usable anymore but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of it.

At our wedding eleven years ago, we lined the sidewalk of our reception hall with lanterns hanging from shepherd’s hooks.

I have about four of these sitting in my garage right now.

It’s faded. There’s candle wax melted in the bottom of it. It doesn’t look so hot. But you all know about my love of spray paint.

I covered the glass with painter’s tape and got to work. I put two coats on my cute little lanterns.

I let them dry for about 24 hours. The finished project looks pretty great. Next week, I will show you how they turned out, and where I am using them.